Keeping a Diary in a Networked World

Journals

It’s the last day of the year and I’m approaching 400,000 words for my 'personal' diary. I write every day but am conscious of a pile of notebooks, tapes and letters dating back to the 80’s.  I’d be keen to digitise them.  Or to at least make the words searchable and safe.  No idea if anyone would ever want to read them.  Or even if I’d want them to.  Some words are written for the self. Today Continue Reading

One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can't do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can't do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just text. This blog post may have been the first one. Not for any other reason other than to Continue Reading

Ofelia Matilde Battaglia. Nonna.

Ofelia Podolski

I guess I’m writing this for a few reasons. One is to remember what this all felt like. The same reason I document a lot of passing moments. Another is to remember a most incredible woman. Few times in a persons life are as heart breaking as the death of a loved one. This was a good death though. While sat at my Grandmothers bedside and in the many years leading up to her last breath, we had Continue Reading

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Review

Zoom H5 Mic Module

Founded in Japan in 1983, Zoom have been around for a little over 30 years now. They initially worked with manufacturers developing sound generators for musical hardware. I'm glad that in 1989 they shifted into making their own hardware as for the last 7 years I've been a fan of their audio recorders. In 2007 I shelved a naff digital dictaphone for the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder. It was my first Continue Reading

Inventing The Cocktail ‘Preach Insanity’

Preach Insanity cocktail

On the 10th of January 2013 @BennyCrime, @Dan_Bowsher and myself headed to an award winning cocktail bar in London called Callooh Callay. We were there because of my 40at40 list. We were there to ‘Invent a cocktail’. I recently found some video from the night.. I delivered my list of preferred ingredients and with the guidance of drinksmith Jack Hubbard, I invented a cocktail. The Continue Reading

The Garmin Zūmo 590LM Review

In Yer Face

Sometimes I like to jump on my bike and ride for the sake of riding. To tear through (I mean meander) country lanes till my tank is almost as empty as my adrenal glands. And then I like to find my way home again. Which sometimes is easier said than done. Till now. Garmin sent me the Zūmo 590LM to review a little while ago. The week it arrived I took a corner a little low and broke my Continue Reading

Interview Techniques

Me interviewing Brian Haw

I'm currently preparing slide decks for both the Milton Keynes International Festival and the Digital Wine Communicators Conference.  In both instances I've been asked if I can talk on Networked Storymaking with a focus on interview techniques. This is interesting as if I'm honest it's not something I've thought about in depth. Until now that is. I have over one and a half thousand Continue Reading